Dell B1163w Wireless Monochrome Laser All-In-One Printer, Copier, Scanner
Wireless connect unreliable
I purchased this printer to move into the wireless world of printing. After buying it I've had lots of annoying experiences. First let me say that the printer works great once you get it working and when you keep it working.
First I had to purchase a new router that I didn't realize I would need.
It took me at least 3 hours of setup. Set up was not easy and obvious. part of the problem ended up being that my router was advanced enough, but most of the problem was uncertainty about the whether I got the right drivers installed, or whether I had to be connected wired or not.
The last and most frustrating experience is the unreliability of the connection. I never know from day to day whether I'll be able to print. I always eventually get it working, but I shouldn't have to wonder and hope. Like right now, there's no reason it shouldn't be printing, but it's not, so I'm about to restart the printer, restart the router and maybe restart the computer hoping that the right bits and bytes settle in the right places so that I can print. I'm 30 mins into something should have taken 15 secs.
May 11, 2014
Best Printer Ever Used
I have used several printers over the years from, dot matrix, ink jets, black (monochrome) laser printers, and full color laser printers. This printer delivers simplicity, and high quality. The scanner bed scans in full color or black and white and makes very quick copies or scans of any document. The interface is very user friendly and, I would highly recommend this printer over all other competitors brands.
April 5, 2014
absolutely the worst!!!
Bought this printer because it was small , wireless and mfp. BIG mistake. I spend more time trying to make this thing work than I do working! Yes it is small. Yes it is wireless. Yes it was cheap. You get what you pay for! I will pay someone to take it when I find another to replace it.
March 28, 2014
Would not buy again
Needed a new scanner when my Canon would no longer work when I bought a windows 8 laptop. decided to give this Dell printer a try since it included a scanner. initial setup was easy, I was even able to install without having to use the CD as I was able to just download the software from the Dell website.
the printer worked fine and I really liked the wireless feature and not having to use a printer cables anymore. until I changed a setting on my wireless network at home. the wireless feature on the Dell printer stopped working and I was back to having to use a cable again. on a wireless printer? ridiculous. I tried using the WPS button, WPS PIN number, Dell's wireless setup utility (always told me I had to connect the printer cable initially) but nothing worked. I even tried to connect to the wrong wireless network using a random pass-phrase before trying to connect to my wireless network with the correct passphrase but still not able to connect. The instructions calls it "Dell Easy Printer Install" feature. Definitely not.
Reading through the Dell support notes (didn't want to spend hours with their support number), I found one solution is to use WPA security and I was finally able to reconnect to my printer via my wireless network. This meant having to go back to wireless G as WPA2 security is the only option I have on the faster wireless N network.
the Dell instructions says this printer should be able to connect to a WPA2 secured wireless network. my initial setup worked when I was using wireless N and WPA2 security. I don't get why I change one setting on my network (20 mhz only) and now I have to downgrade to wireless G and WPA to have wireless printing/scanning back. printer/scanners are commodities and the technology is old and Dell still can't get it right. my Brother wireless printer works just fine on wireless N no matter how many settings I change on my wireless network. I just wish I bought one with a scanner too.
If I was still within the return period, I would return this Dell printer/scanner immediately. If I knew Dell requires downgrading to wireless G to have wireless printing, I would never have bought this piece of junk. I still don't get why this printer won't accept my passphrase when trying to connect to a wireless N network. This is the same password I use to connect my laptop, tablet, Brother printer, smart TV, and chromecast. but try to use that same password with the Dell B1163W and its says it can't connect. Why not? Because this Dell wireless printer is garbage.
I will never buy another Dell anything for the rest or my life. Ever. How I wish I could get my money back for this worthless paperweight. The charge for this Dell printer came through on my credit card immediately, no problems, no issues. Can't say the same for my experience with this Dell printer/scanner. If you want a wireless printer that won't connect to your wireless N network consistently, this is the printer for you.
February 22, 2014